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Coyote Sighting on Hill Drive

A daring coyote gets into a staring match with a local resident.

Kaye Beckham, a former president of the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, was driving to her home on Hill Drive one recent night when she saw what appeared to be a large, brown dog ahead of her.

When she looked closely, Beckham noticed that the animal didn’t have a collar. It wasn’t a dog but a coyote. What was odd was that it was around 7 p.m.—not your typical time of day for a coyote sighting.

“You usually see them early in the morning,” said Beckham, adding that she came across another coyote recently. The coyote, pictured here, was as bold as they come. Beckham’s husband David had to stare the coyote down before it moved out of their path, Beckham said.

“It’s not their fault,” she added. “We took their habitat away by building the 134 freeway and it’s hard for them to find food.”

Correction: This article initially identified Beckham's husband as Jim. The correct name is David—Beckham's first husband, who passed away, was Jim.

Karen I. Shanbrom December 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I saw one recently on Hill Drive, near Mount Royal, but I wasn't 100% sure it was a coyote. Looking at this picture, though, convinced me......
K Ivan December 03, 2012 at 08:01 AM
I live on a hill on the other side of Colorado blvd near Eagle Rock High school and usually see coyotes in the early mornings but the last couple years I've been seeing them at different times during the day.
C.m. Knox December 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Been seeing a young (1-2 years old) coyote looking for food nightly at the corner of Ellenwood Place & Las Flores around 10pm. Have warned neighbors with small dogs & cats!
Anne December 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I seem them on almost a daily basis in Echo Park, on the outskirts of Elysian Park. They live all over the neighborhood and are active all times of day but mostly morning and evening. I second the comment about scaring them away if you can. I admire them as much as anybody else, and I understand that we are coexisting in the same territory but if they lose their natural fear of humans, it will be to their detriment and will make them a bigger threat to small pets. So do them a favor and scare them away.
Mary Tokita December 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
All those Lost Pet postings tell the story...coyotes feed here regularly and always have. Nothing new - we are part of the natural world, although we frequently forget this simple truth.

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